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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ann Darr  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1920 in Bagley, Washington

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Ann lived the last years of her life with her daughter in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ann Darr, one of the premier poets in Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Iowa in 1941, then headed out of the Midwest for New York where she worked for NBC radio as a writer and broadcaster for ''The Women of Tomorrow''. With the onset of WWII, she joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, and was stationed in Sweetwater, Texas. While more than 25,000 women signed up for the WASPs, only 1,074 earned wings, Ann among them. She herself flew every kind of plane, e.g., B-26s at the gunnery school near Las Vegas, while gunners in B-17s fired live ammunition at the target she was towing. Ann authored ten books and chapbooks of poetry.


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